If you have issues resting at night, waking up frequently or feeling tired during the day, then this could mean you have a disorder that needs treatment. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist will look at the warning signs of issues like chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and discuss possible solutions.
What Does Snoring Mean?
Do you often snore? We all do so occasionally, but if this happens frequently it could mean partial airway obstruction. Basically, soft tissues are obstructing airflow enough that when air is forced through, this vibrates tissues and creates a loud sound. Since OSA occurs when the same air passages are completely blocked, this could mean you also have OSA. Treatment not only helps you rest easier, but could prevent strain on your immune system and prevent issues with your heart health, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke and heart attack.
What If I Feel Tired During the Day?
If you often feel tired during the day, even if you assume you rested well the night before, then you could have OSA and require treatment. Other symptoms beside snoring and daytime exhaustion include moodiness, trouble staying awake, waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for air, and difficulty remaining focused on tasks at work or school. You could also experience dry mouth in the morning, as well as headaches and migraines during the day. If you one or more of these potential symptoms applies to your life, then please contact our team to see if you need treatment!
Diagnosis and Treatment
To start, we will need to diagnose the presence of a disorder. With our sleep assessment, we ask a series of questions to asses how we you rest, how you feel during rh day, and whether common risk factors behind OSA and chronic snoring apply to you. Next, we will perform a home test to discover how well you rest. We send you home with the pulse oximeter deice, which registers and records sleep cessation and other issues that pinpoint the presence of a disorder. From there, we can discuss treatment options. For a noninvasive and comfortable option that doesn’t involve the loud and cumbersome CPAP machine, we may prescribe an oral appliance. Worn a night as you sleep, the device repositions your jaw to ensure open airways and a symptom-free night. If you have any questions, then let us know right away!
Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville Wants to Help You Rest
At Smith Family Dentistry, we would like to diagnose and assess the factors behind your issues, and help you rest easier. To learn more about possible sleep solutions, then talk to Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516.